To wear off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To wear off to diminish or remove by attrition or slow decay; as, to wear off the nap of cloth.
    • To wear off to pass away by degrees; as, the follies of youth wear off with age.
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Usage

In literature:

His keenness on the college increased instead of wearing off with time, and he seemed to be exactly the right kind of man to be a don.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
I'll work my head off to show them that we're fit to wear the Blue.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
He was wearing us out, and we were all bucking to get him off.
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
Gradually the sensation of speed and space falling began to wear off, as if they were nearing earth or some solid substance once more.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The embarrassment of both the girls had begun to wear off.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
Anyway, it was bound to wear off soon.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
She insisted on taking off her gloves to drive, and said she could not feel the reins so well, and disliked wearing gloves in hot weather.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
That tonic you give her seems to be kind of wearing off.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
In the living, the end had sometimes seemed too hopelessly far off to justify the wearing strain of the means.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
His first sensation when the paralysis began to wear off was the dull ache of visceral nausea.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
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In poetry:

Both with spear, bylle, and brande,
Yt was a myghtti sight to se;
Hardyar men, both off hart nor hande,
Wear not in Cristiante.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
"Oh, sir," I said, "a fortune grand
Is yours, by dint of merest chance, -
To sport HIS brow at second-hand,
To wear HIS cast-off countenance!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And none of all that bright heroic throng
Shall wear to far-off time a semblance grander,
Shall still be decked with fresher wreaths of song,
Than this beloved commander.
"Obsequies Of Stuart" by John Reuben Thompson
The wags no longer laugh and scoff,
We drink, &c. Our filthy rags have fallen off,
We drink, &c. The spindle plies,—the shuttle flies,
And forms a cloth that kings might prize,
For us to wear, for us to wear,
We drink, &c.
"The Ransomed Drunkard's Song" by John Pierpont

In news:

Probation officials in Los Angeles paid a visit to Lindsay Lohan 's Venice Beach home Tuesday, after the electronic ankle monitor she's wearing on her ankle went off.
Gowns and other evening wear is up to 80 percent off.
The only problem seems to be the finish wearing off.
Top manager Ezzatollah Zarghami reported that many female presenters are wearing makeup to purposely be taken off the air.
After browsing many different looks straight off of the runway for this year's fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collections, I have become completely inspired.
These stars have such great legs they don't need to wear high heels to show them off.
Jackie Speier, D-Calif, served as auctioneer and decided to auction off the jewelry she was wearing for the cause.
They are gorgeous models in beautiful clothes, showing off designer looks that are fun and easy to wear.
The party requires all men to wear black suits -- in a grand send-off of summer.
As its effects wear off, the housing market will continue to decline.
Even if a regular person had the physique to pull it off, wearing such a painted on item would garner that person well-deserved ridicule.
Yikes celebrates its 22nd birthday with music, treats and 10 percent off any purchase for anyone wearing pajamas from 5:30 to 8 pm, Saturday, March 19.
President Traian Basescu and his aides have been known to wear purple on certain days, supposedly to ward off evil.
Growing stylish shoe choices In response to growing feet, retailers online and off have started increasing the styles and choices available to women who wear a size 11 or larger.
MLB gave the OK to the uniform, which the Astros will wear to kick off a season of throwbacks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the club.
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